Monday, August 18, 2008

T-shirt Yoga Pants Tutorial (my version)

I'm sorry I'm late with the tutorial. My wireless went out Thursday. I am using Retta's until she kicks me off. So this is kinda being rushed.

Here Goes:

***Make sure the distance from armpit to armpit on the shirt you are using is bigger than your thigh measurement. For the waist you can use the sleeves of the t-shirt, a skort like my last pair, another shirt like this pair, or just any fabric that you can get to the measurement needed. For drawstring you can use ribbon, rope, long boot shoelaces, one of the sleeves cut into a spiral so as to make a long string, etc.

Also, for the waist, make sure your fabric doesn't fray, or extra steps will have to be taken.***

Step 1: Lay your T out flat, making sure to line up the bottom front with the bottom back.

Step 2: Cutting thru the front and the back at the same time, cut the sleeves off at the seams. (Cut so as to leave the seams on the sleeves, not the shirt.)

Step 3: Cut from the armpits to the bottom sides of the shirt, following the folds made from it laying flat.

Step 4: Cut the neck and shoulders off by cutting straight and even, thru both layers, from one arm to the other, just below the neckline.

Step 5: You now have the 2 (unsewn) legs. Set one to the side. Fold the other one, lining up the 2 edges you cut in step 3, with outsides facing in, pin and sew securing ends. Repeat for other leg. (The red yarn shows where was sewn.)

Step 6: Turn them right side out. Line up the arm holes, outsides facing in, pin and sew from the inside, securing ends.

Step 7: Try them on both ways. Determine which side will be the front. Now measure from the back seam of the pants up to where you want your waist to end. Multiply that by 2 and add seam allowances at both ends. (I used my finger to measure. My waist just happened to be the same measurement as my index tip to knuckle. It is easier and more accurate than a ruler, which you have to distort yourself to read the measurement.)

Step 8: By whatever means, make a rectangle that is (your waist measurement+ seam allowances) by (measurement from step 7.)

Step 9: Outsides facing in, line up the shorter edges, pin and sew securing ends.

Step 10: Lay your pants flat, right side out. Take the waist tube you just made, turn it inside out, and put around top of pants with the tube seam lined up with the back pant seam. (If you used 2 equal pieces to make the waist tube, line the seams up with the side folds of the pants as they lay flat.) Line up, pin, and sew around, securing edges.

Step 11: Now fold the waistband in (If using elastic instead of a drawstring, now is the time to put it in.) Line up the edge of the inner waist band, with the edge of the seam, pin & sew, securing edges.

Step 12: Now that your pants are sewn, all that is left is the drawstring. Move to the middle of the front of the waistband. (use pant seam to line up.) Half-way up the waist, outer layer only, fold over and make 2 small vertical holes. (The front seam should line up right between these 2 holes.)

Step 13: String as shown below:

If any of this doesn't make sense to you, please let me know.
Also, I would love to see any that yall make.

And yes I did lose weight. Don't I look good!?! LOL


Rubyfreckles said...

cool idea. Funny shirt to use too :)

ANKH said...

Thanks! I couldn't pass up making this one! LOL

Crafty~Mama said...

I can't believe I just spent $32 on a pair of these for my 15 year-old at PINK!! You make it look so easy; I think I'll make some for myself. She'll be begging me for a pair...

Really great stuff here on your blog! I'm going to post a permanent link to it on mine :)

Alfie (iLoveMail on Swap-bot)

ANKH said...

Thanks! :)

I would love to see your version. :)

Hannah said...

Thanks for such a great idea!!!! I made a pair for myself!!! Their great :)

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